What Can Dogs Have Smelt?
One of the most interesting capabilities of dogs is the sense of smell. This may come as a surprise to some people as we always consider them to be creatures of keen smell, or perhaps the canines only use their sense of smell to hunt or mark their territory, but the reality is that dogs have an amazing sense of smell. They can recognize human odors as well as those of other animals and even of things like cars and garbage cans. And the sense of smell is more powerful than most people realize.
When you take your dog for a walk or take him for a swim you are teaching him to identify where there are different smells that he should avoid. He’ll quickly become accustomed to the smell of his environment and if you start to give him a treat every time he successfully locates and names a particular smell, then he’ll develop a stronger sense of smell and will be able to find it much more quickly and easily. But what if you don’t want to train your dog to recognize scents? If this is the case then the next best thing you can do is to keep him company and allow him to sniff around in confined areas.
There are several ways to keep dogs company that will ensure he continues to develop this incredible sense. There are several collars available that will allow you to keep him close by at all times. If you use a scentless collar then you can be sure that he won’t be able to track the scent from anywhere and will therefore be unable to smell things out of his reach. This can be very helpful if you’re leaving your dog at home with a family member, since the dog won’t have to be kept awake by scents, instead he’ll be able to stay close to you at all times, still keeping track of his own scent. However if you do choose to use a scentless collar, you should only use one that’s appropriate for the size of your dog.
You might also consider purchasing a dog sweater or coat for your dogs sense of smell. Some dogs tend to sweat more than others, and these dogs will need something to keep them warm. Another great idea is to purchase a pajama for your pet. Many dogs like to wear pajamas because they smell nice and are soft to the skin. Many dogs also like to sleep in pajamas, so this can be an excellent way to make sure that your dog doesn’t suffer too badly from the cold or the hot weather.
As mentioned earlier, some dogs have a harder time smelling things than others. One thing you can do that may help your dog with this is to offer something tasty to him, like a piece of cheese or a slice of baked potato. These foods are generally liked by most dogs, and they’ll usually follow your command to eat them. You may also want to buy your dog’s favorite toy as well. Although your dog will probably eat whatever food you give him, giving him something else to chew on can help him get the sense of smell that he craves.
As you can see, many dogs have a hard time determining whether something is food based or smell based. Fortunately, if you know how to properly present your treats and other items to your pet, this problem can often be easily corrected. Also, remember that many dogs have a hard time maintaining eye contact when you’re talking to them. If you two ever start arguing, and this happens more than you’d like, you may want to try to reassure your dog with a loud pop, a squirt, or any other sort of reassuring noise that will quickly get their attention.